Courtesy of The Irish Times:
The billionaire showed his early state wins in the north-east (Iowa), the west (Nevada) and the south (South Carolina) were far from flukes and that his unconventional campaign can score victories anywhere.
On Super Tuesday, Trump won in Massachusetts in the north-east andAlabama in the Deep South, and, in between, in Virginia where many of the Washington politicians he loves to bash reside. On a Trump map of America, his colours spread further than anyone else’s.
What was once unthinkable for the Republican establishment is fast becoming thinkable: Trump the presidential nominee. The bombastic businessman has created an existential crisis for the Republican Party. Senior party figures such as Speaker of the House of the Representatives Paul Ryan and the 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney have come out strongly but perhaps too late to halt his march to November.
The Republican Party’s failure to take seriously the businessman as he started building a momentum – or to understand the anger of his supporters – may badly hurt the Grand Old Party in the long run.
Trump appeared to be pivoting his campaign towards moderates and a general election head-to-head against Hillary Clinton when he claimed to be a “unifier” once the Republican primary was over.
Asked whether he was approaching politics like business, adopting an extreme position at first before moderating as a final deal is negotiated, the businessman told reporters in front of a scared-looking Chris Christie: “There is always going to be some negotiation.”
Just how can his campaign go?
Don’t ask me!